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In Pictures: The Berlin Wall

For nearly 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the defining symbol of the Cold War, keeping families apart and preventing East Germans from fleeing to the capitalist West
DARK NEW DAY Morning has barely broken before thousands of angry West Berliners rally at the newly built wall. Some chant “Schweine!” (“Pigs!”), while others shake their fists at the East German guards, who face them in a line that stretches as far as the eye can see.
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AT A GLANCE

Mile upon mile of unyielding concrete, the Berlin Wall stood as the physical manifestation of the deep tensions between East and West, from its erection in 1961 until its dramatic fall in 1989. In those years, lives were lost attempting to breach it, communities were torn apart and, finally, a new political openness – and administrative ineptitude – led to the glorious moment of popular rebellion that brought it down.

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